BURLINGTON >> Last season the Lewis Mills Spartans competed for the Berkshire League title coming in third place at 15-7, they also reached the second round of the Class M State Tournament.
This season the Spartans will have new lineup, looking to replace a handful of seniors, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be back competing for the league title.
“A big part of this team is we have a lot of young guys ready to learn, they all know what we want, we want the title,” senior captain Max Wadington said. “It is hard losing a few starting players, most look at us and say we lost guys, but we have guys to fill those spots.”
“We have a very talented group of guys coming in,” Spartans head coach Jesse Darcy.
A couple of guys have already stood out to Darcy.
“Greg Campbell is back and will play corner infielder and James Principi will catch, he blocks everything,” said Darcy who is also impressed with his pitching staff. “One of our strongest points is we have four starting pitchers if we need.
Sophomore Justin Galliccho, junior Gio Peraza and junior Ben Czarnecki will join senior Sam Brooke as the Spartans starting pitchers this year.
“We can go deep into games,” said Brooke who was named to the All-Berkshire League team last season. “Then we have a bunch of guys that can close.”
Brooke is joined by Wadington and Jacob Naparstek as the senior captains for the Spartans this season.
“Jacob, he’s a really hard worker, he was in the weight room all offseason, he always knows what to do,” Darcy said. “We have great leadership, guys who want to play at the next level and it’s a great example to set.”
Wadington will play at Saint Anselm next season and Sam Brooke will play at Wentworth Institute of Technology.
If the Spartans are going to get the league title that Waddington said they want, they will again have to compete with Northwestern, the reigning champs, and Thomaston, second place last year.
“Just because they’re (Northwestern) young doesn’t mean they’re beatable, they have a great coaching staff and a solid catcher in (Zach) Risedorf, he shuts down the running game which is huge in high school,” Darcy said. “Thomaston pitchers and defense are solid, it keeps them in the game; pitching and defense is huge.”
Darcy though sees his team right up there with them.
“I think we are pretty well rounded team, we don’t peak at just one thing, it’s nice,” he said. “We might be different looking, but we are just as competitive or more competitive.”